- Effleurage (Stroking) — Main uses are at the beginning or end of a massage or as connecting or linking movements.
- Petrissage — Deeper strokes applied by the fingers, thumb or heels of a hand. Kneading, picking up, wringing and rolling are all forms of petrissage.
- Tapotement — Used for stimulating and toning an area. Forms of this technique include cupping and hacking, among others.
- Frictions — Applied on the surface tissue, these are rubbing movements on the skin.
- Vibrations — Generally used to relieve fatigue and pain, these movements can help cure a certain area, creating a natural sedative.
Combining these massage techniques is how different massage modalities were created, with each providing their own therapeutic value. At Elements Massage™, studios’ therapists blend various modalities and techniques into one great customized, therapeutic massage. This is The Elements Way® and it’s simply the best massage in the industry.
The Elements Way® is backed by The Elements Promise™, which guarantees that the massage our clients receive will meet or exceed their expectations, or the next one is on us.
^References for this page include AMTA and The Official Guide to Body Massage (Second Edition) by Adele O’Keefe
While massage techniques and modalities can get a little heady, the smart move is to visit an Elements Massage™ studio and let us take care of the rest.